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Pattachitra evolved from Sanskrit. When divided into two parts, Patta means cloth and Chitra means image. So, Pattachitra is an image drawn on a piece of cloth. This art form is closely related to the worship of Shri Jagannath and the traditions of the Puri temples.

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Process of patachitra art

Patta painting is done on small strips of cotton fabric. Canvas is made by coating clothes with a mixture of chalk and tamarind seed resin. Then rub it with two different stones and dry the cloth. Traditionally, cotton canvas has been used. Now both cotton and silk canvases are used for painting.

Patachitra Art of Odisha

It is considered to be the oldest art form to exist in Odisha and is still under the spotlight. The first images of Patachitra were found in 5 BC. Such old art forms and trends in saris and ornaments are astonishing. When the three lords of Puri Dhama Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are ill and kept in Ansar Ghar (sick room), the painting of pattachitra is worshiped. As you can see, the art of pattachitra was painted everywhere, but it started with palm leaves. The original leaf designs were found on palm leaves, some of which are also manuscripts. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also durable and have been preserved for centuries.

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